Person: Adrian Steirn

21 ICONS: Gcina Mhlope

21 ICONS: Gcina Mhlope

21 ICONS South Africa, the 21 week long multimedia project by photographer/filmmaker Adrian Steirn, comes to a close with one of the nation’s most beloved storytellers, Gcina Mhlope.

21 ICONS: Karel Benadie

21 ICONS: Karel Benadie

The penultimate edition of 21 ICONS South Africa features master tracker Karel Benadie, who has been on the spoor of animals and plants his whole life.

21 ICONS: Zackie Achmat

21 ICONS: Zackie Achmat

On World Aids Day, 21 ICONS South Africa featured activist Zackie Achmat, co-founder of the Treatment Action Campaign and the man who fearlessly took the fight for affordable and accessible antiretroviral drugs to governments and big pharmaceuticals — and won.

21 ICONS: John Kani

21 ICONS: John Kani

Widely recognised as the grandfather of South African theatre, the internationally acclaimed actor, playwright and director John Kani is featured in this edition of 21 ICONS South Africa.

21 ICONS: Evelina Tshabalala

21 ICONS: Evelina Tshabalala

Adrian Steirn’s portrait of HIV positive athlete Evelina Tshabalala for 21 ICONS: South Africa captures the essence of a woman who keeps fighting no matter what life throws at her.

21 ICONS: Phillip Tobias

21 ICONS: Phillip Tobias

The late Phillip Tobias, a Professor Emeritus of anatomy, human biology and paleoanthropology, and one of South Africa’s finest scientists, is honoured in this edition of 21 ICONS: South Africa.

21 ICONS: William Kentridge

21 ICONS: William Kentridge

Regarded as one of the most dynamic and exciting contemporary fine artists not only at home in South Africa, but also in the rest of the world, William Kentridge is the latest to be featured in the 21 ICONS South Africa project.

21 ICONS: Gary Player

21 ICONS: Gary Player

International golf champion, sport ambassador and philanthropist Gary Player is the latest addition to 21 ICONS South Africa; a multi-media campaign by photographer/filmmaker Adrian Steirn.

21 ICONS: Helen Sebidi

21 ICONS: Helen Sebidi

Mmakgabo Mmapula Sebidi, or Helen Sebidi, is one of South Africa’s most collectable artists and the latest icon to be featured in Adrian Steirn’s 21 ICONS South Africa.

21 ICONS: Johnny Clegg

21 ICONS: Johnny Clegg

Adrian Steirn’s portrait of Johnny Clegg for 21 ICONS South Africa was taken at the Cradle of Humankind, showing the musician brandishing a spear adorned with the words ‘music’ and ‘anthropology’ – two interests that have shaped his life’s work.

21 ICONS: Hugh Masekela

21 ICONS: Hugh Masekela

Trumpeter, singer, composer, and two-time Grammy award nominee, Hugh Ramopolo Masekela is the first of three musicians to be featured in filmmaker/photographer Adrian Steirn’s project 21 ICONS South Africa

21 ICONS: George Bizos

21 ICONS: George Bizos

For 21 ICONS, staunch defender of human rights and advocate whose work in law has left an indelible mark on South Africa, George Bizos tells photographer and filmmaker Adrian Steirn about his remarkable life and the process that went into the drafting of the South African constitution.

21 ICONS: Ahmed Kathrada

21 ICONS: Ahmed Kathrada

The youngest Rivonia trialist, Ahmed Kathrada, shares his journey from struggle hero to Member of Parliament in this edition of Adrian Steirn’s 21 ICONS South Africa.